Out & About

Thames Barge by Jon Cowdock

Out and About is the name we give to TPS outings organised on an informal basis which enable members to visit places of interest, practise their photography and spend time together (with essential refreshment stops included!).

In order to remain as inclusive as possible, we try to offer a range of outings – weekdays and weekends, daytimes and evenings, local and further afield, town and country. Where possible, there is no restriction on numbers; friends and family members are usually very welcome. Just ask!

There is no set schedule for the year and we’ll keep members informed of forthcoming events as they are confirmed. Members are also very welcome to offer suggestions for outings (or even to organise them).  If you are interested in attending or have ideas for places to visit, please email
our ‘Out & About’ co-ordinator, Dominic Murtagh at outings@tpsinfo.org.uk.

We even have a TPS Out and About Flickr page where members share and comment on photos taken on our outings. Please let Dominic know via email to outings@tpsinfo.org.uk if you would like to join the Flickr group page.

Upcoming Out & Abouts

Saturday 23 March – London City Architecture & Street Photography
Once again, Sarah and Simon will be our guides for a day of sightseeing and sightsnapping in London. Plus this time there will be some added challenges!

We’ll meet in the Refectory Cafe of Southwark Cathedral (just over the road from London Bridge station) at 10.00 and commence the photo walk at 10.30. We’ll start by taking in a few of the views along the Thames, before heading over London Bridge towards St Dunstan’s in the East, then Leadenhall Market. We’ll progress through the City, looking out for opportunities to photograph the Lloyds Building and Gherkin and the many other interesting City buildings, both new and old. We’ll find somewhere for lunch around Spitalfields, then turn towards Brick Lane for a spot of street photography in the afternoon. We’ll probably officially finish around 16.30-17.00, but die-hards may wish to gather for refreshments at a nearby tavern to compare images & experiences.

The Film Challenge: If you have a film camera, I’d like to encourage you to bring it along. If you want to try film photography but don’t have a film camera then Sarah & Simon have one or two ‘spares’ we can lend out for the day loaded with B&W film. Just let us know in advance of the day & we’ll bring them along.

The 50mm Challenge: Finally, there is an optional “50mm challenge” to get you thinking in a slightly different way. If you have a 50mm lens (full-frame, so 25mm in Olympus mirrorless, 35mm in Fuji/crop sensors) then bring it along. Or simply set your ‘standard’ zoom to 50mm equivalent for the duration of our challenge which will be for an hour at some ‘random’ point of the day.

TBC: Either Sunday 14 April Brighton Marathon or Sunday 28 April London Marathon
We all know Allister is a keen runner, but our plan is to take photos and not run the race. I will take soundings as to whether members would prefer Brighton or London

Recent Out & AboutsN

Chilling in Hastings

In January, thirteen hardy souls braved the cold to spend a day taking photos in at Hastings. Guided by Simon and Sarah, we took in a variety of photo opportunities – the beach, the pier, the town, fishing boats and Bottle Alley. Tripods were in evidence and conditions proved perfect for some very atmospheric photography. At appropriate times, we took refuge in cafes for warming respite.

Blowing in the Wind by Gerard Mulryan

Walking Tour in Woldingham

Seventeen of us, TPS members and guests, met up in Woldingham for a Sunday morning circular walk along the valley. This was followed by the all-important refreshment stop at The Dean, Knight’s Garden Centre. The morning afforded excellent opportunities for a range of landscape and countryside photography.

Untitled by Jonathan Cowdock

London Christmas Twilight River Walk

Fourteen intrepid TPS photographers braved the December cold in London and got some great images from our capital city. We took in a variety of views of the Thames and the majestic London skyline as the light gradually faded. And, as ever, there were plenty of opportunities for street photography. London is just a short journey away – why not take a trip into town with your camera and see what you can snap? Or better still, team up with some TPS friends and help us create another great Out & About experience!

Copyright 2018 Dominic Murtagh

Crossness Pumping Station

TPS Members visited (and photographed!) a Victorian masterpiece of engineering. Built by Joseph Bazelgette in the 19th century, it was the pumping station for the first large sewage system in London. It is not a sewage works today, but is a grade 1 listed building with some of the best-preserved Victorian ironwork anywhere.


We held an informal Out and About around our TPS home village of Godstone and members grabbed some great shots:

As always, more photos can be seen on our Out & About Flickr Page.